Monthly Archives: September 2014

I have found the diving somewhat overwhelming… in the best sense possible! I start looking at one thing and then get distracted by another and then I get in close and then back up and, well there is just so much to look at!!

“The crew and boat are accommodating, patient and intimate! It has been great getting to know all the guests and crew aboard the Nautilus Swell. What a great liveaboard”. Randell, USA Eat Dive Eat Dive Eat Eat Dive Eat That … Continue reading

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I decided that I could happily spend the rest of my life in a kelp forest.

Day four of this Port Hardy trip and each dive has been more beautiful than the last! Today we dove the famed Browning wall, a cold water dive meca for divers world wide. The wall did not disappoint. As we … Continue reading

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Once again I stand in awe at the world we live in and the place I get to call my work.

As I pull the honey whole wheat buns from the oven the smell of fresh bread fills the galley and drifs out in the salon. Suddenly I see the portal to the dive deck filled with curious faces as divers … Continue reading

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Its like everything is on steroids here!

“I’ve been wanting to come here for 20 years and so far it has exceeded every expectation I had. Today at Fantasy Island we saw a Cabezon that should have had ‘goodyear’ written on it! It was huge! It’s like … Continue reading

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Philosophical reflection on the Swell

As the age of sail came to an end Captains, for the first time, were forced to surrender the bowels of their own vessels to another individual. Prior to this Captains often embodied a sort of reverent authority that had … Continue reading

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Rain has a familiar sound in Alaska to be sure

But in the early hours of the morning it takes on a mixed quality, which bounces between delight, and an uncomfortable foreboding. And so pushing back the gravity of a warm bed I got dressed into my foulies (that’s sailor … Continue reading

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I stopped counting decorated war bonnets when I hit 20 and there were still more staring back at me from cracks..

Today we dove Watts Narrows, I can’t say I have a favorite dive site anywhere along the coast because they all have something different to offer, but this one exceeds my expectations every time. We left the Swell on Inde … Continue reading

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“Seeing the huge Sealion at the dive site Kelp Patch was awesome, exciting, interesting, annoying and scary all at the same time”! -Chris

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So very sad that this is our last trip to Alaska.

“It is with bittersweet enjoyment that I soak in every detail of Alaska. Knowing that this is last trip the Nautilus Swell will make in these waters makes these moments ever so special. The rocky, jagged coastline, the rushing waterfalls … Continue reading

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5 humpback whales surfaced outside my galley door and started bubble net feeding!

Its crunch time on the Nautilus Swell as dinner time is fast approaching and I hurry to get all the dishes for the meal ready. I check my foccacia bread, roasted butternut squash tossed in smoked paprika, sauteed peas and … Continue reading

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